Tasty pasties: Kaleva Lions’ weekly pasty sale a time-honored tradition

The Kaleva Lions will hold a pasty dinner fundraiser on March 13 at the Kaleva Lions Den, located at 14361 Nine Mile Road in Kaleva. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

The Kaleva Lions will hold a pasty dinner fundraiser on March 13 at the Kaleva Lions Den, located at 14361 Nine Mile Road in Kaleva. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

KALEVA — It takes a team effort to whip up pasties to the tune of 10 dozen in a single morning, but the Kaleva Lions have been perfecting the process for decades.

Bright and early every Thursday, members of the service club do exactly that for their time-honored weekly pasty sale, held from 8 a.m. to noon the day they bake them.

“Every Thursday morning, right here,” said John Makinen, secretary of the Kaleva Lions, while finishing up the latest batch at the chapter’s den, 14361 Nine Mile Road in Kaleva. “A few of us get here about 6 o’clock, 6:30 and get to work.

“We make the dough; peel the potatoes and the rutabaga; cut carrots and onions,” he explained. “We’ve already sold a couple dozen this morning.”

On this particular Thursday, club members prepared a “double-batch” for both the weekly sale and next week’s pasty dinner fundraiser, to be held from 5-7 p.m. on March 15 at the Kaleva Lions Den.

The meal — which will consist of beef and pork pasties with gravy or ketchup, coleslaw, beverages and dessert — is open to the public, with proceeds benefiting the Lions’ call to providing eyeglasses to those in need.

“Everything we do, except for what it takes to maintain our den here, raises funds for the community,” Makinen said. “This club has given about $249,000 to the community in a little over 50 years.”

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

The Kaleva Lions — who were established in 1962 — take pride in service to their community, providing for those in need. The Lions say they take to heart the service they give, without any thought to personal gain.

The Kaleva chapter currently has nearly 30 members, with board meetings twice a month. Makinen said the club is always open to new membership, which can be sought be calling (231) 362-3174.

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Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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